Pets are undoubtedly cute and having them in the house can be a boost to the atmosphere, but no matter how hard you try, they’ll still cause you some serious headaches over time.
You spent a few hundred dollars on potty training for your dog and he still likes to urinate on your expensive carpet?
Don’t worry, this is common in every household that has a pet. Regardless of the training it got, a pet is a pet and when he’ll need to go, he’ll go right on the spot.
So from now on, make cleaning pet urine from carpets a priority, since it’s one of the few areas where cleaning up is actually more effective than helping prevent the phenomenon.
How to Remove Pet Urine Stains from Carpets
Regardless if it’s your dog, cat or hamster that did the deed, pet urine is extremely unpleasant because it has a powerful odor and leaves a visible amber spot on the carpet. Removing the odor will be discussed below, so let’s see how you can remove pet urine stains from carpets using baking soda and white vinegar:
With baking soda, you need to make sure the stain is dried down first. So take a clean towel or some paper and press it down against the carpet, absorbing the liquid as thoroughly as possible. This will greatly reduce the damage the urine will have on the carpet, so the faster you’re able to dry it out, the better.
Now dampen the area with some clean water and sprinkle the baking soda over the area, letting it dry (sometimes several hours are needed, so you might want to leave it overnight). Lastly, vacuum to remove the debris created by the baking soda and your stain should be gone.
If you want to use vinegar to clean out the stain, mix half a cup with ¼ cup of warm water and spill the mixture over the targeted area. Use a dry towel on top of it and place a heavy object on top of it to apply pressure. You’ll need to keep it there for a couple of hours, so if you want to be on the safe side of things, you might want to leave it there overnight.
In the morning, remove the towel and use a soft hairbrush to clean the carpet off, if needed.
How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpets
This issue needs to be cut down in half: finding the source of the odor and removing it. On many occasions, you’ll smell the problem but you won’t be able to see it easily. It’s either because your pet peed in some corner of the house you can’t reach, or because the smell got so impregnated in the carpet that it’s now invisible to the naked eye.
In order to find such pet urine stains, you can use a black UV light that will pinpoint the exact source of the smell. Just turn off the light and close the blinds, then fire up your UV black light. Pet urine stains should glow in the dark.
How to Remove Carpet Stains
If the odor has been dealt with but you still can’t get that nasty stain off the carpet, you can create a homemade shampoo to deal with the problem. Here’s a link on our website where you can find recipes to make your own homemade shampoo and carpet cleaning solution: